Interview With a Milkweed Plant

Interview With a Milkweed Plant

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  • Thanks Ms. Marek. It's a pleasure to be here to talk about my life story. 
  • Good Morning STEAM Middle SchoolI'm Ms. Marek and today I am here with a special guest: Milton Milkweed.
  • It all started when I was just a seed. My mother released me from her seed pod in the fall and I drifted in the wind until I found the perfect patch of earth to settle down in. I worked my way into the soil and waited until spring when the enzymes in my seed coat finally told me it was time to germinate. 
  • Why me?
  • So close!
  • Puberty is rough for everyone but I was REALLY a late bloomer.It took me three whole years to produce my first flower.
  • Hi handsome
  • Reporting for duty!
  • We need a pollinator....
  • When I was first starting to flower, I met my lovely wife Karen. 
  • Male Flower
  • I made a deal with a monarch butterfly. In exchange for a taste of my sweet pollen, she would carry the pollen from my stamen to the pistil of one of Karen's flowers. There the pollen stuck to the stigma and traveled down the style until it reached the ovary and fertilized the ovules. Those fertilized ovules became seeds and when Karen's seedpods were ready, all of our little seeds drifted away to find their own spots to germinate. I've never been more proud of my little ones!
  • Female Flower
  • Monica Monarch and I stayed great friends! She migrates back year after year to visit me and even lay some eggs. Her caterpillars love to munch on my leaves. Our friendship is so perfect because we both support each other. It's all mutual!
  • Goodbye, Mr. Milkweed. It's too bad you have to "leaf" so soon. 
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